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Beter Bed Holding NV : Beter Bed posts lower profit in 2012 with steady revenue

   Beter Bed Holding NV : Beter Bed posts lower profit in 2012 with steady
                                   revenue

  *Further fall in consumer confidence in the Netherlands and Spain.
  *2012 net revenue nearly equal to previous year at € 397.3 million (2011: €
    397.0 million).
  *2012 net profit including write-downs for Spain and non-recurring expenses
    fell by 49% to € 14.4 million (2011: € 28.0 million); earnings per share
    totalled € 0.67 (2011: € 1.29).
  *Normalised net profit decreased by 21% in 2012 to € 22.2 million (2011: €
    28.0 million); normalised earnings per share of € 1.02 (2011: € 1.29).
  *Dividend proposal: € 0.47 per share, pay-out ratio of 70%.
  *After taking the write-down, the Spanish activities were repositioned from
    a full service into a cash & carry formula.

Key figures for the year

(in millions of € unless stated otherwise)  2012  2011 Change
Revenue                                    397.3 397.0   0.1%
Change in revenue at comparable stores (%) -4.7%  0.4%
Gross profit (%)                           56.3% 56.5%
EBITDA                                      38.1  46.8 -18.5%
Operating profit/EBIT                       23.7  38.3 -38.1%
Net profit                                  14.4  28.0 -48.6%
Earnings per share (in €)                   0.67  1.29 -48.1%
Proposed dividend (in €)                    0.47  1.10 -57.3%
Pay-out ratio (%)                            70%   85%
Solvency (%)                               50.4% 54.1%
Number of stores                           1,219 1,187   2.7%

Normalised EBITDA                                40.4 46.8 -13.6%
Normalised operating profit/EBIT                 31.2 38.3 -18.5%
Normalised net profit                            22.2 28.0 -20.8%
Normalised earnings per share (in €)             1.02 1.29 -20.9%
Pay-out ratio excluding write-down for Spain (%)  50%  85%

Key figures for the fourth quarter

(in millions of € unless stated otherwise) Q4 2012 Q4 2011 Change
Revenue                                      100.8   108.0  -6.6%
Change in revenue at comparable stores (%)  -10.5%    1.8%
Gross profit (%)                             58.0%   58.8%
Operating profit/EBIT                          4.5    14.3 -68.3%
EBITDA                                        11.9    16.6 -28.2%
Net profit                                     0.9    10.2 -91.2%
Earnings per share (in €)                     0.05    0.46 -89.1%

Normalised operating profit/EBIT     10.6 14.3 -26.1%
Normalised EBITDA                    13.0 16.6 -21.7%
Normalised net profit                 7.5 10.2 -26.4%
Normalised earnings per share (in €) 0.34 0.46 -26.1%





Ton Anbeek, Chief Executive Officer:
'Our company was hit badly in the course of 2012 by the further deterioration
of the economy in many European countries. This is one factor that led to a
write-down on our assets in Spain. The results deteriorated further in the
Netherlands due to sharply declining consumer confidence. This was caused by
the continuing crisis in the housing market, the pension crisis and measures
introduced by the Dutch government such as the VAT increase that took effect
in October 2012. Germany also had a somewhat more difficult second half of the
year, in part owing to the strong comparative basis formed by the successful
anniversary year of 2011. The cost-saving measures introduced in the third
quarter of 2012 were already reflected in the results in the fourth quarter.
The outlook for 2013 in countries including the Netherlands and Spain remain
extremely challenging. A sharp focus on expenses remains warranted. A strong
balance sheet, a healthy cash flow and our highly motivated employees give us
confidence that we will be able to maintain our strong market position.'

Fourth quarter 2012
The revenue of Beter Bed Holding decreased by 6.6% to € 100.8 million in the
fourth quarter of 2012 (fourth quarter 2011: € 108.0 million). The revenue at
comparable stores fell by 10.5% (fourth quarter 2011: 1.8%). Revenue
performance per country in the fourth quarter was as follows:

Germany          -3%
The Netherlands -11%
Switzerland      +2%
Austria          -6%
Spain           -34%
Belgium         +24%

Revenue in Germany decreased by 3% in the fourth quarter. Revenue at
comparable stores fell by 8% in the fourth quarter (fourth quarter 2011:
+12%). In the Netherlands, a combination of a distinctly lower order portfolio
at the end of the third quarter and a 13% decrease in revenue at comparable
stores in the fourth quarter caused revenue to fall by more than 11%. In
Spain, the drop in revenue at comparable stores amounted to 37% in the fourth
quarter. This sharp decline began in September as a result of the
deteriorating economic situation and the VAT increase in Spain.

Gross profit amounted to 58.0% in the fourth quarter (fourth quarter 2011:
58.8%). Despite the fact that the average number of stores grew by a total of
42, the operating expenses decreased by 2.6% from € 49.2 million in 2011 to €
48.0 million in 2012. Average expenses per store decreased by more than 3% in
the fourth quarter of 2012. Normalised operating profit (EBIT) totalled € 10.6
million in the fourth quarter of 2012 (10.5% of the revenue), compared to €
14.3 million (13.2% of the revenue) in 2011. Normalised net profit in the
fourth quarter of 2012 decreased by 26% to € 7.5 million (2011: € 10.2
million).

Write-down for Spain and non-recurring expenses in 2012
As announced on 23 January 2013, Beter Bed took an impairment of € 4.9
million, which are deducted from operating profit, due to further decreasing
consumer confidence and the uncertainty regarding the outlook for the
activities in Spain. The company also took impairments of € 1.1 million on the
tax assets. The negative effect of the impairments for Spain on net profit
consequently totals € 6.0 million.
In 2012 the company has also deducted a total of € 2.5 million (€ 1.8 million
after tax) in non-recurring expenses from the operating profit for the closure
of stores in Poland, reorganisation expenses in Spain and the Netherlands and
the closure of stores in Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany (MAV).
Full year 2012
Revenue for the full year 2012 increased marginally by 0.1% to € 397.3 million
(2011: € 397.0 million). This increase is partially the result of the growth
in the number of stores by 32 to 1,219 (year-end 2011: 1,187 stores). Revenue
at comparable stores decreased by 4.7% for the full year 2012 (2011: +0.4%).
While revenue performance at comparable stores in the Netherlands (5%
decrease) and Germany (5% increase) was still divergent in the first half of
2012, the performance in both the Netherlands and Germany was negative in the
second half of 2012 at -11% and -6% respectively. Consumer confidence
deteriorated further in the second half of 2012. Revenue performance at
comparable stores was negative in all months of 2012, with the exception of
the month of September preceding the VAT increase on 1 October 2012.

Revenue performance per country in the full year 2012 was as follows:
Germany +3%
The Netherlands -5%
Spain -12%
Switzerland +10%
Austria +4%
Belgium +34%

Gross profit decreased marginally to 56.3% in 2012 (2011: 56.5%). Operating
expenses increased from €186.1 million to € 190.1 million, primarily due to
the increase in the number of stores. Expenses as a percentage of revenue rose
from 46.9% to 47.8%.

Average expenses per store decreased marginally by 0.1% in 2012.

Operating profit totalled € 23.7 million for the full year 2012 (6.0% of
revenue), compared to €38.3 million (9.6% of revenue) for the full year 2011.
Normalised operating profit decreased from € 38.3 million (9.6% of revenue) to
€ 31.2 million (7.9% of revenue). Net profit amounted to € 14.4 million in
2012 (2011: € 28.0 million). Normalised net profit totalled € 22.2 million in
2012 (2011: € 28.0 million). Earnings per share amounted to € 0.67 in 2012
(2011: € 1.29).

Total investments in 2012 amounted to € 10.9 million (2011: € 13.3 million). A
total of € 7.2 million of this amount was invested in new and existing stores
in 2012 (2011: € 9.8 million). The remaining amount has been invested
primarily in IT. The cash flow (net profit plus depreciations and write-downs)
amounted to € 28.8 million in 2012, compared to € 36.5 million in 2011.
Solvency at year-end 2011 amounted to 50.4% (2011: 54.1%). Interest-bearing
debt amounted to € 12.3 million at year-end 2012 (year-end 2011: € 8.3
million).
Operational
A total of 128 stores were opened and 96 stores were closed in 2012. The
number of stores has consequently increased by 32 on balance. The company had
1,219 stores at the end of 2012.

Number of stores                   31-12-2011 Closed Opened 31-12-2012
Matratzen Concord (including MAV)      963        66    107     1,004
Beter Bed                              87        1     2       88
El Gigante del Colchón                 67        11    7       63
BeddenREUS                             39        2     7       44
Slaapgenoten                           16        1     1       16
Schlafberater.com                      -       -     4      4
Matratzen-AbVerkauf                    15         15     -        -
Total                                 1,187       96    128     1,219

Matratzen Concord
The revenue of the cash & carry retail formula Matratzen Concord amounted to €
251.2 million in 2012 (63.2% of the total group revenue). This represents
growth of 3.8% compared to 2011. Revenue at comparable stores decreased by
1.8%. 83% of Matratzen Concord's revenue was realised in Germany in 2012. The
initial results of Matratzen Concord's webshop that was launched in December
2012 appear to be positive. Online sales via a partner are also expected to be
launched in Germany in the second quarter of 2013. A number of poorly
performing stores in both the Netherlands and Belgium were closed.

This formula opened a net total of 41 new stores in 2012, of which 52 were
opened in Germany and five in both Austria and Switzerland. There were a net
total of twelve store closures in the Netherlands and three in Belgium. The
last remaining store in Poland was closed in December 2012.

Number of stores  31-12-2011 Closed Opened 31-12-2012
Germany               800        43     95      852
Austria               62         -      5        67
Switzerland           47         1      6        52
The Netherlands       39         13     1        27
Belgium                9         3      -        6
Poland                 6         6      -        -
Total                 963        66    107     1,004

Beter Bed
This formula operates in the Netherlands and has also been active in Belgium
since 2011. The number of Beter Bed stores grew by one store from 87 to 88 as
a result of two openings and one closure. Revenue decreased by 5.1% in 2012 to
€ 102.4 million (2011: € 107.9 million). This formula consequently contributes
25.8% to the total group revenue. Revenue at the comparable stores of Beter
Bed declined by 6.2% for the full year 2012. The online revenue via the own
webshop and the partnership with wehkamp.nl developed positively and now
amounts to approximately 5% of the revenue.

Other formulas
The revenue of the other formulas amounted to € 43.7 million in 2012 (2011: €
47.1 million). This includes the revenue of the retail formulas BeddenREUS
(The Netherlands), Slaapgenoten (The Netherlands), El Gigante del Colchón
(Spain), Schlafberater.com (Germany), the wholesaler DBC and the
Matratzen-AbVerkauf formula that was closed in 2012. Revenue in 2012 was 7.4%
lower than in 2011. These other formulas contribute 11.0% to the total group
revenue.

Dividend
Beter Bed Holding N.V.'s dividend policy is aimed at maximising shareholder
return while at the same time maintaining a solid capital position. The
company aims to distribute at least 50% of its net profit to the shareholders
provided that its solvency is not less than 30% and the net-interest-bearing
debt/EBITDA ratio does not exceed two.

In November 2012, the company paid an interim cash dividend of € 0.35 per
share. A proposal will be submitted to the Annual General Meeting of
Shareholders, scheduled for 25 April 2013, to distribute a final cash dividend
of € 0.12.This brings the dividend for 2012 to € 0.47 per share (2011: € 1.10
per share), with 70% of net profit to be distributed to the shareholders.
Adjusted for the write-down in Spain, the pay-out ratio amounts to 50%. This
payment is in line with the aforementioned dividend policy.

Auditor's report
The financial information in the appendices is taken from the consolidated
financial statements of Beter Bed Holding N.V., which will be submitted for
adoption to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on 25 April 2013, and
for which an unqualified auditor's report has been issued by the independent
auditor.

Developments and outlook first months of 2013
The company does not expect the economic situation to improve in 2013,
particularly in the Netherlands and Spain. The focus in both the Netherlands
and Spain will remain fully on continuing cost reductions, closure of poor
performing stores and a further increase in conversion, service and customer
satisfaction. The company expects to be able to save an amount of € 1.3
million in 2013 on top of the cost-savings totalling € 2.2 million that have
already been implemented.

The company foresees a distinct decrease in revenue in the first quarter of
2013, despite the realised cost-savings and stable gross profit, which will
lead to a considerably lower operating profit than in the first quarter of
2012. This is caused by a lower order portfolio in the Netherlands at year-end
2012, historically low consumer confidence in the Netherlands and lower
visitor numbers due to winter weather conditions in January and February in
the Netherlands and Germany.

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For more information, please contact: Ton Anbeek, Chief Executive Officer
Tel. +31 (0)413 338819 / Fax +31 (0)413 338829 / Mob. +31 (0)6 53662838
E-mail: ton.anbeek@beterbed.nl / Website: www.beterbedholding.nl

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